IoC News - July 2014

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Seventies Courier bike flames on the board to celebrate the golden era of Sameday London dispatch.

2014 news jul 1

IOC president Lord Falkland was at the ancient guild ceremony of cartmarking. July 16th at Guild Hall Yard, City of London.    

Institute of Couriers classic Honda CX500 series one bike was honoured with parade place Zero Zero ONE to open the ceremony.

The ceremony of cartmarking saw the classic courier bike head at the front of fifty commercial vehicles branded with a year licence letter, this ancient ceremony then allows those vehicles branded to ply for trade in the city of London in the old school of the guilds dating back five hundred years. Branding the vehicles this year was the Lord mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf and the ceremony took place in the pageantry of Guild Hall Yard with a run of IOC fellows on hand to celebrate the event.

Classic courier bike was fully loaded with panniers and top box, even a delivery strapped on the seat. The bike was dressed in colours of the eighties iconic courier companies, Delta, GLH, Mercury, Pony Express, Security Despatch & even a modern day DHL box on the seat.

The Honda CX500 was a series one model first registered 1978, a restored working bike with one hundred and twenty six thousand miles on the clock, the CX shaft drive machine had a reputation for reliability and it never missed a beat in the hot sunshine of Guildhall yard. The V twin motor blurbeled across the yard with IOC chairman Carl Lomas at the helm to meet Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf who stamped it with the year letter W.

Carl Lomas with IOC President Lord Falkland, Dean, Prof Stephen Perkins, London Met Univ, Lisa Smailes Pearson education and Andrew Hartley System Training.

2014 news jul 2

Parade place No 1. London Courier bike celebrating the golden era of same day despatch.

Institute of Couriers met ANCO, ANCO is the Association of Nigerian Courier Operators - a Nigerian Institute of Couriers.

Vivian Okeke of TransRoyal Couriers in Lagos explained the Nigerian courier infrastructure at a meeting in London. Vivian reported,

Association of Nigerian Courier Operators (ANCO) is the leading trade and professional body for the industry in Nigeria with over 100 member companies.  ANCO's  mission is to professionalise the industry and replace the current Nipost (Nigerian Post Office) licencing system with a fully independent, industry-backed scheme.  At present 370 companies are licenced but ANCO members are unhappy with the weak enforcement and low credibility of the scheme which is damaging the industry in Nigeria.  Nipost licences currently cost $12,000 for initial licence with a $2,000 annual fee. ANCO are seeking IOC assistance to develop a training and qualifications offer for the sector aimed to attract young people and support adults who want to work in the sector.

IOC Chair Carl Lomas with Vivian Okeke of TransRoyal couriers in Lagos, Prof Tracey Worth London Met and IOC John Bowman Click HERE for details of Nigerian IoC

2014 news jul 3

CitySprint extends network with acquisition of Letchworth Couriers  

CitySprint announced that it has acquired Letchworth Couriers, in the biggest deal for CitySprint since its acquisition of Lewis Day in 2011. The acquisition of this group of businesses is part of CitySprint's UK expansion drive and will see CitySprint gain an additional two service centres, in Letchworth and Peterborough, taking the total number of service centres to 39. Letchworth Couriers, run by Directors Steve Ketteridge, Dave Northfield and Ian Mailer, incorporates Ketts Couriers, which will also be transitioning to CitySprint as part of the acquisition.

Patrick Gallagher, Chief Executive of CitySprint, said:

This deal with Letchworth Couriers is part of our long-term growth strategy and allows us to enhance our service to customers in the local area with the addition of two new service centres. We'll be working hard over the next few months to ensure a seamless integration of services.

D2N2 East Midlands 'Logistics a priority for the most inspirational postcode'.

D2N2 is the local enterprise partnership for East Midlands, Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, it decides local economic priorities and has marked logistics as key sector for the region. IOC Chair carl Lomas,

D2N2 LEP for the east Midlands have set logistics as a priority in what is a region of supply chain for the whole UK footprint.

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D2N2 Chairman Peter Richardson opened with a famous Rolls Royce Derby quote, Sir Henry Royce, 'Strive for perfection' . More than two hundred guests were at the breakfast event, key news, 'we have teeth, we have money' Unashamedly private sector led and focused on new job creation with a priority for logistics sector. D2N2 represent 19 local authorities, 17 Universities inside an hours drive, East Midlands powerhouse is a competitor for London, the vision is 55,000 new jobs in ten years' . Chief Exec David Ralph, '12 months since our Derby launch, we have great trust with our education partners in FE and HE , we will be working with others of the 38 LEPs, not least in transport, 18 LEPS marked logistics as a key priority, we have come of age and are looking to the future of half a billion pounds of funding. For HE Sir David Greenway will take over from John Coin, vice chancellor of Derby.  D2N2 is unashamedly private sector focused with a mission of 55,000 new jobs in ten years, DHL have just announced 93million pound investment in East Midlands airport logistics, D2N2 LEP is here to stay, the D2N2 region is the fastest growing economy outside London  . D2N2 'we are about sector led growth, 17 University within an hour's drive, 6,200 new jobs in the region in the last 12 months, a skills hub in Nottingham, Chesterfield and West Notts. The a57/61 growth area, we are an inspirational postcode.'

TfL make way for new East London River crossing.

Tfl have carefully considered the issues raised during their last consultation and ideas for new river crossings. Locations that we have assessed as being suitable for new river crossings are: - A new ferry at Woolwich - A new ferry service at Gallions Reach - A bridge at Gallions Reach - A bridge at Belvedere

We would like to know your views on these revised set of options.  Detailed information on the benefits that new river crossings could provide, as well as the traffic, environmental and economic impacts of options for potential new crossings is available on our website.  To view our proposals and provide feedback. Consultation runs to 12th Sept 2014. Please visit

London's Big Day - Tour de France London 7th July 2014

Big road closers for the Monday stage of the biggest cycle race in the world as it sweeps into East London on Monday 7th July. Full road closures will run between 10am and 6pm on a working day. TfL David deSilva is set to talk to the IoC Fellows on the road plans set to achieve a freight success for the 7th July London closures as the cyclists slice roads to close to East London via the Embankment to the Mall.

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Institute of Couriers chair signs support for warehouse level one qualifications

Lomas amongst many employers at the Logistics summit meeting, NEC Logistics Link trade show signs letter of support for level one first step qualifications.

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IOC Chairman Carl Lomas signed letters of qualification support at the Logistics summit, the summit took place at the Logistics Link NEC trade

Carl Lomas was at the Summit to show support for Pearson qualification award body push to save the level one warehouse qualifications that have become the key entry point for base level entry into the sector, from warehouse to wheels has long been a progression route for those starting the pathway into logistics.

As it stands the SFA will not be providing funding for 19+ learners for these qualifications for the next academic year (2014/15). Pearsons are able to appeal these decisions and to do this the institute of Couriers has supported the appeal for the qualifications below.
Pearson Edexcel Level 1 Award in Warehousing and Storage (QCF) - 600/2089/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 1 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage (QCF) - 600/1946/3 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage Principles (QCF) - 500/7707/7 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Principles for Carrying and Delivering Goods by Road (QCF) - 600/4676/4

Fellows welcomed to sample the goods, couriers could save lives at a Roar traffic accident.

DFA are inviting IOC fellows to have a look at the training they are offering at Road traffic accidents where the courier driver may be the first on site to save a life.

DFA have courses running in Biggleswade and Stoke on the 20th of June, Oxford on the 1st of July, Slough on the 16th of July and Dorchester on the 19th of July.

2014 news jul 6